Give it up for Austen Childs, the University of Louisville tennis player who made to the national championship final in NCAA Tournament singles competition.
The U of L junior, who hails from New Zealand, was defeated 6-1 and 6-2 by Stanford’s Bradley Klahn in Monday’s title match.
Childs entered the tournament unseeded as the 19th-ranked player in the nation. After snapping a nine-match win streak with a loss to Tennessee’s top-ranked John-Patrick Smith in Louisville’s round-of-16 loss in the team championship, Childs opened the singles competition with five consecutive wins.
En route to his runner-up finish, he upset four higher-ranked opponents and avenged four prior losses along the way – including a first-round victory over Smith.
He returns for yet another season next year.